|BRAD'S CORNER||ATHLETE OF THE MONTH - ADAM TEJA|
The 2012 Season's Here!
Finally, it wouldn't be a monthly meeting if we didn't give stuff away. Thanks to PT Solutions we were able to give away a FREE RACE ENTRY to the PT Solutions Allatoona Race on June 24th. We also gave away a Polar Water Bottle!
We will have our next meeting the second week of May and are excited about the topic - Nutrition for the Endurance Athlete. We'll send out the details in a Save the Date email.
Publix Georgia Marathon and Half Marathon
West Point Races and Roswell Cycling Festival
Later in the day we will also be set-up at the Roswell Criterium to enjoy some fast-paced racing. If you've never seen a criterium, come out and enjoy it with us. We'll have the tent set-up so stop by and say hi!
Volunteers Needed for Iron Girl
2012 Registration Available
What do you want from your club in 2012? Send me your comments at any time because this is your club!
Congratulations to Adam Teja for the first Athlete of the Month award of 2012! So what can someone possibly have done this early in the year to earn this honor? How about a half marathon and completing Ironman San Juan 70.3? On March 18th, Adam went down to beatiful Puerto Rico and crushed the Half Ironman course for the scond year in a row. In order to do so, Adam trained like a beast through some of the most difficult training months of the year. As a tune up for his Half Ironman, Adam completed the Locomotive half marathon in February in some brutal, rainy conditions. Now Adam turns his sights on November 3rd for his first Ironman in Panama City Beach, Florida. You'll see Adam training all over town in preparation. Adam is also planning some group workouts to get others more involved in training.
Congratulations Adam on a very accomplished season already and best of luck on your training for your first Ironman!
NEW RACE POINTS INCENTIVE PROGRAM
This year we are having a little competition to see who can rack up the most "race points." It's easy to earn race points , you just have to race! And if you race in NAMC gear, you get double points! At the end of the year, the members with the most race points will receive gift certificates!
Below are the top 3. For complete standings, click here.
** Officers not eligible for awards at end of the year.
Don't see your name or races listed correctly? Email me your results. Good luck racing this year!!
|COACH'S CORNER||100 MILES TO NOWHERE - JUNE 3RD|
Consistency & Repeatability are Keys to Success in Triathlon Training:
As spring arrives, we find ourselves dreaming and planning our fitness goals. If you haven’t yet, you should be! What are you waiting for?
What motivates you to train for and compete in a triathlon? That motivation is what will help you make smart daily decisions on training. If you haven’t decisively decided on them, do it now, write them down!
Here are some keys to success and why we will reach them with a specific training plan.
Consistency - the Most Important Element
Training that is irregular forces you to try and regain ground each time you resume a workout. It's like taking 2 steps forward and 1 step back. Don't do that! The simple secret to consistent training is the 'basic week'.
The Basic Week
Available training times for triathletes with regular work hours include in the morning before work, at lunchtime, right after work, and anytime in the evening. Bare minimum training for a new triathlete is training or practicing twice per week in each sport. With 3 sports, that's a minimum of 6 sessions per week. It's not too hard to fit in six sessions with just one training session a day and one day off per week.
To see faster improvement, 3 times a week per sport may be even better. If you can only do 7 or 8 sessions per week, then you'll want to spend more time on the discipline you are least skilled in, and less time on the one you enjoy the most. For example: A new triathlete who is a long time runner, may wish to cut back from running 4-6 days per week to only 2 in order to fit in time for both cycling & swimming so that he/she can improve on those two sports while maintaining her run.
One of the biggest mistakes I see triathletes make is overestimating the amount of time they will have available. Overestimating your training time, creating a schedule and not fulfilling it creates frustration, disappointment and a lack a sense of achievement. The last thing we want to do is set ourselves up for failure.
Remember, this is what we can do repeatedly and consistently week in week out between now and the triathlon. You can always add extra sessions, and likely will as training goes on...but don't cram your basic week with over-ambition. Ease into more training frequency and you'll be more likely to remain motivated and not get hurt training. It's better off to start moderately and continue to add as your fitness & enthusiasm progresses.
Train hard but train hard!!
(Reference - Suzanne Atkinson, Steel City Endurance Coaching)
Join Doug and Steph Bachman on Sunday, June 3rd at the Brown Dog House for 100 miles of delightful riding and running fun (and a yard party/aid station/sprinkler festival)!
There is NO FEE. However, this is a fund-raising ride, so I ask that you please donate what you would have spent on the ride to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. We are raising funds to buy biofeedback devices and training programs for the AFLAC Cancer Center to help care-givers teach kids to manage their anxiety and pain better. This will give you a good mantra as you go up Mountain Park Road.
Due to the fabulous help of GU and my friends, tons of aid-station fare will be provided at the house.
|UPCOMING RACES AND WORKOUTS||MEMBER DISCOUNTS|
One of the greatest benefits of membership is being able to workout and race with other members. One way to stay on top of what others have on their calendar is to check our race calendar and list of club races. Our race calendar is where you can list what races you are doing. Don't see you name listed, send us an email and we will add it.Check out what races people are doing in May:
6 Chastain Tripathlon
13 Callaway Gardens Duathlon
19 Turtle Crawl Triathlon
19 Peachtree International Triathlon (Club Race)
20 Florida Ironman 70.3
20 Warrior Dash
Also, check out our weekly group workouts to help you get prepared for your races. Our training committee is also working on specific workouts that you can do at the group workouts to get a little more out of your training. Below is a list of our current group workouts. Interested in leading one or have an idea for a new one? Send us an email and we'll help make it happen!
Fun Friday Swim with Stephanie - 5am
Friday Open Water Swim at Mary Alice Park - 7pm
Tuesday Night Group Ride from Roswell Area Park - 6pm
Wednesday Night Group Ride at Reality Bikes - 5:50pm
Upcoming Group Rides - 60 mile ride at SCT on May 5th
Leaders for New Saturday Group Ride Needed!
Thursday Lululemmon Group Run - 6:30pm
Sunday Run Day with Katie - 9am
One of the best values of your membership is the discounts you receive. Whether you're buying a new bike, ordering nutrition supplements, or signing up for a race, be sure to check out the Member's Discounts page on the website. In order to access the page, you have to be registered on the website. In addition to the many discounts our sponsors and partners offered last year, we will be adding even more. Don't miss out on these discounts! Below are a few that we've highlighted.
Infinit Nutrition offers a 20% discount on all products. To receive the discount, members enter a special code at checkout.
Cannon Cyclery offers a 10% discount on all services.
Eleven Lake Oconee will be June 23rd at the beautiful Lake Oconee. We have the adult sprint and Olympic distances followed by a kids triathlon offering something for the entire family. The entry fee not only includes the coolest goody bags in Atlanta, but 2 shirts and lunch. Discount Code: $20 off- Available for members only.
Join us for the 2nd annual PT Solutions Allatoona Triathlon. The race begins with a 500 meter swim in Lake Allatoona with swim start at Dallas Landing Acworth. The swim is followed by a fast bike course through downtown Acworth.The majority of the bike course is on long flat stretches. The 3.1 mile run course begins and ends at Dallas Landing.
Discount Code: $15 off- Available for members only.- Good through June 10th.
SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS
Recognizing a need for a club serving endurance athletes on the North side of Atlanta,
a small group of athletes formed the North Atlanta Multisport Club in January of 2006.